Copenhagen-born bass Stephen Milling is considered one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Wagner repertoire and enjoys regular collaborations with some of today's leading conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst, Antonio Pappano and Daniel Barenboim. Recent performance highlights include Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg; Hunding (Die Walküre) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera; Fasolt (Das Rheingold) at the BBC Proms and Dutch National Opera; König Marke (Tristan und Isolde) at Staatsoper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper, and in the acclaimed Peter Sellars/Bill Viola production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; and Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and with San Francisco Symphony.
Other career highlights include Philip II (Don Carlos) at San Francisco Opera, Rocco (Fidelio) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) at the Palau de les Artes in Valencia, Narbal (Les Troyens) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and LSO, Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater at the Opéra National de Paris, Sparafucile (Rigoletto) at The Metropolitan Opera, and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) at Bayerische Staatsoper and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The 2014/15 season includes appearances as Fafner with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Jaap van Zweden); in Manon Lescaut in Valencia (Plácido Domingo); Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper (Peter Schneider); and as Sarastro at the Royal Danish Opera (Rory McDonald).
Stephen Milling made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Verdi’s Requiem under Mariss Jansons, and features on several audio recordings including Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra (Sir Colin Davis). On DVD he stars on the release by Deutsche Grammophon of the Salzburg production of Parsifal, in Der Ring des Nibelungen staged by La Fura dels Baus in Valencia and on three collaborations with Kasper Holten at Royal Danish Opera: The Copenhagen Ring, Tannhäuser, and Maskarade.
Stephen Milling was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and joined the Royal Danish Opera in 1994 where he debuted in a number of roles which have now become central to his repertoire (including König Marke, Philip II, Daland, Padre Guardiano and Gurnemanz). A subsequent debut at Teatro alla Scala as Don Fernando in Fidelio under Riccardo Muti and his North American debut as both Fasolt and Hunding in Stephen Wadsworth's new Ring cycle for The Seattle Opera paved an early way to today’s thriving international career.